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Amanda Prahl

Playwright/lyricist, dramaturg, and teacher with a focus on historical eras and new musical theatre.

Amanda Prahl is a playwright, lyricist, dramaturg, teacher, and freelance writer. She is currently a faculty associate at Arizona State University. Her musical, Til Death, made its debut as a staged reading through a groundbreaking partnership between ASU's School of Music and School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in March 2018. Her play Forget Me Not was presented at the Pandora Festival of New Works in Phoenix, Arizona, and her play City of Ladies was a semifinalist for the 2017 Playwright of the Year award with the Bridge Initiative in Arizona. Upcoming projects include a Jane Austen rock musical and a pop musical set in the 1960s.

As a teacher, Amanda has pushed the boundaries of how we teach musical theatre at the university level, advocating for a way to look at musical theatre in the same analytic depth as non-musical works. Amanda is also professional dramaturg specializing in new musical theatre and classical repertory; her credits include working as a production dramaturg with Southwest Shakespeare Company and as a research and dramaturgy assistant with Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is also a critic at BroadwayWorld.

Revising and Feminizing the Fairy Tale in Anastasia
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Revising and Feminizing the Fairy Tale in Anastasia

27 June 2017

A fairy tale for our modern age? A consideration of Anastasia by Amanda Prahl.

If I Loved You
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If I Loved You

The Evolution of the Conditional Love Song in Musical Theatre

3 September 2016

Amanda Prahl analyzes the different forms and purposes of the conditional love song in historical and contemporary musicals.